I'm pleased to jump back on social media for a few moments to announce that I've signed on with Mark Gottlieb of the Trident Media Group! Mark is a powerhouse agent from a powerhouse agency, so it's exciting to imagine where my work might end up.
For those interested in such things, here's the Coles Notes version of how it happened: for a couple of weeks, I've been querying Canadian/US/UK agents to represent my latest project (working title: BARREN ARM), an upscale near-dystopian/apocalyptic adventure novel ("near" = where epically bad things happen, but the world hasn't ended). Interest has been great and I've had a number of requests for the full manuscript, but Mark read it in less than twelve hours (!!!) and offered representation right away, which I was over the moon about (Trident consistently sits at the top of a whole bunch of submission and deal categories). After chatting with Mark and touching base with the other agents who had the manuscript—who're all great, too—my decision was clear: Trident does serious business, so if Mark is behind my project, that says a lot about its potential. Onwards!
Devin Scullion, a 20-year-old Hamilton man who had the ultra-rare genetic disorder progeria, has died. My research into progeria for Saints, Unexpected frequently brought David's story across my desk, and indeed he was loosely the inspiration for Wu, a character in the novel who has the disorder. The Hamilton connection is a strong one, too, as Devin was one of only 200 people worldwide who suffered from the disorder, attracting worldwide interest from geneticists and physicians who traveled to Hamilton to learn more about him and his case.
RIP, Devin—I hope some of your abundant light will live on in the pages of my work.
Link to the Hamilton Spectator article about Devin's passing.
Readings, booksales, and other literary shenanigans abound on the SAINTS, UNEXPECTED west coast tour! More photos to be added as they become available.
My friends at the UBC Creative Writing Alumni Association have posted to their website a brief interview and an audio recording of me reading the first few pages of SAINTS, UNEXPECTED.
Thanks to the amazing Francine Cunningham and UBCCRAA crew for the nod!
(If you like what you hear, don't forget that, as always, you can buy SAINTS, UNEXPECTED online or at your local bookseller.)